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The 33-year-old internet magnate faced questions and concerns from members of the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, who asked what Facebook was doing to give users more flexibility to opt in to sharing their personal data with the company or third parties. In his opening statement to senators, he also apologized for fake news, hate speech, a lack of data privacy and Russian social media interference in the 2016 elections. It was my mistake, and I'm sorry.

"Mark Zuckerberg's failure to answer several critical questions during his appearance before the Senate today leaves me concerned about how much Facebook values trust and transparency", she wrote on Twitter.

"Yes or no, does Facebook use audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about users?" asked Sen. "As a result, it doesn't appear your Facebook information was shared with Cambridge Analytica by "This Is Your Digital Life".

Butterfield also pressed Zuckerberg on how he intends to keep black workers in the company, going so far as to ask for the data on the retention of employees "disaggregated by race".

Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional hearings started yesterday.

Whether any Facebook employees worked with Cambridge Analytica while the data analytics company was working with Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

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Lawmakers were at times aggressive Tuesday as they accused Zuckerberg of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the USA election.

Facebook started notifying the 87 million people affected by the data breach this week, the vast majority of whom are expected to be located in the USA - with around a million users affected in the UK. This information can be drawn into Facebook's vast data aggregation machine through friends or friends of friends via all kinds of channels, including the "find friends" feature that allows the app to scan mobile contacts. Still, it is notable that Zuckerberg confirmed the company's cooperation with Mueller's team. He also said the company is investigating every app that had access to a large amount of information before the company moved to prevent such access in 2014 - actions that came too late in the Cambridge Analytica case.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn asked whether Zuckerberg believed his company bears "some responsibility for the content" on his platform. Nelson said afterward that Zuckerberg was "forthright and honest to the degree he could" be in the private, one-on-one meeting.

Esquire UK pointed out that at the Congressional hearing yesterday, Zuckerberg kept up the blinking - like a normal human would.

Democrats like Nelson have argued that federal laws might be necessary to ensure user privacy. We've got to change that.

On Tuesday, he took questions for almost five hours in a US Senate hearing without making any further promises to support new legislation or change how the social network does business, foiling attempts by senators to pin him down.



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